Washington Post CEO underscores media’s role in ensuring public accountability

“It’s wrong to conflate unfavorable news with fake news,” Ryan said. “There’s been troubling instances where fair but critical reporting by respected news organizations have been unfairly challenged as fake news. Wrongly applying the fake news label is an attack on the truth. It’s reckless and corrosive to our democracy when elected officials attempt to deliberately and systematically erode the credibility of news organizations because they object to factually accurate reporting.”

The Holt Lecture: Journalism, Accountability, Power

Frederick J. Ryan, Jr. Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of The Washington Post. He previously served as the President and COO of Allbritton Communications Company and Founding CEO & President of Politico. He was the Chief of Staff for President Ronald Reagan (1989–1995), and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. Ryan…